During last night’s 6 pm newscast, Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio, who have spent six years at Bangor’s WVII and its sister station WFVX, pulled a fast one on viewers as they concluded the program by tendering their resignation, live and unannounced.
Outwardly, it was just a benign, classy move from two people who truly care about the community they’re leaving behind. But at its core, it was actually a stand against an upper management the two anchors had allegedly been at odds with for some time.
“There was a constant disrespecting and belittling of staff ,” Michaels said, “and we both felt there was a lack of knowledge from ownership and upper management in running a newsroom to the extent that I was not allowed to structure and direct them professionally.”
According to Gawker, the station’s Vice President and General Manager Michael Palmer denies the claim: “upper management is not involved in the daily production of the news. Period.” Palmer added, “We’ll hire experienced people to fill these positions sooner rather than later.”
A 2006 New York Times article paints a much different picture, however. In response to requests to increase global warming coverage, Palmer is said to have told “his joint staff of nine men and women that when ‘Bar Harbor is underwater, then we can do global warming stories.'” Not involved in daily news production, indeed.
I tip my cap to Michaels and Consiglio. It would have been one thing had they seized the opportunity to lambast a defenseless ownership in front of a live audience. But written resignations would have eradicated the chance to publicly thank their loyal viewers, so they adapted. And what’s a great news anchor if not adaptive?
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